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Jamaica: Opposition wants gov’t to rethink using prime sugar lands for housing

Sophia Frazer Binns, the Opposition Spokesperson on Land, is calling for the Government to rethink plans to use existing sugar lands in Trelawny for housing.

Frazer Binns is arguing that food security must be central to any decision made about the use of prime agricultural lands.

It was recently disclosed that the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) has been allocated land at the former Long Pond Sugar Factory in Trelawny that is to be used to construct 800 low-income houses.

The 30,000 acres of idle sugar lands are being divided up to be given to different entities with the HAJ getting 148 acres at Panarsus.

The Opposition wants the Government to consider other solutions instead of using fertile agricultural lands for housing developments.

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